When Top Technician 2017 reached its final stage, all eyes turned towards Top Tech Live, where the winner was to be announced in September.
The final took place on Thursday 13 July at the RMI Academy of Skills in Southam, Warwickshire as the remaining contestants threw themselves into the last tasks of the competition.
The finalists were:
Shaun Miller Miller’s Garage, Berkshire
Kevin Toms FRL Autoservices, Devon
Karl Weaver Bull Lane Garage, Kent
Richard Lukins Fiorano Cars, London
Neil Currie Robertson Gemini, Dumfries & Galloway
Each of the five faced the range of challenges with aplomb, but only one could be named Top Technician for 2017.
Top Tech Live
All the finalists were on hand at Top Tech Live on Saturday 16 September at the Henry Ford Academy to see who would be revealed as the winner for 2017, along with winners from the past and many significant figures from the sector.
Top Tech Live was able to offer an exclusive Ford technical seminar as a result of the location. This was a rare opportunity to receive official instruction from a Ford technical trainer.
Then there were the speakers. A number of judges from the final were there. Andy Savva, David Massey of ADS, Pico’s Steve Smith and John Batten from AutoIQ all gave top-level presentations on a range of topics
Joining them was Rob Lewis of Jaguar Land Rover, Peter Coombes of Tech Club and Eliot Smith, as well as representatives from Snap-on, Our Virtual Academy and the Automotive Glazing Academy.